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  • November Raynaud’s Hack: Vinyl Food Prep Gloves

    November 22, 2019 by

    Brrr, November has been so cold already, I recently decided to experiment with glove layering to protect my hands from a Raynaud’s attack and it led me to a discovery that helped me out with a year-long problem of Raynaud’s episodes while shopping in supermarkets. Looks a little silly, but food prep gloves are my latest hack for Raynaud’s…

  • 5 Things You NEED to Know About Raynaud’s Disease

    October 10, 2019 by

    October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. Raynaud’s phenomenon is triggered by cold or stress causing blood vessels in the extremities to spasm. It is quite common and may be an early warning sign of serious illness, here are 5 Things YOU Need to Know about Raynaud’s.

  • Three Good, Diverse Reads or What I Did Last Summer Part II

    September 18, 2019 by

    While my brain fog seems to be clearing enough to actually read full books again, over the summer I took the opportunity to read three very diverse books, primarily to pass the time while commuting to my treatments, but also to get my mind working and as a diversion from pain and the monotony of life with chronic illness. I enjoyed each book immensely in their own way, and savoured the diversity of my choices.

  • How To Stay Positive When In Hospital

    August 2, 2019 by

    How To Stay Positive When In Hospital… I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “Has she gone mad?” Even though the beginning was traumatic and life-changing, I had a positive experience (in hospital) and I would like to share my tips on how I stayed positive with you!

  • Self-Care, or Whatever You Call It

    July 27, 2019 by

    Lately it seems like I read or hear the term “Self-Care” in various other forms of media many times each day. It is not a term that I can remember hearing growing up, but, while currently on-trend, self-care is nothing new and can be so important to your health. Proactively planning for Self-Care time is as important as ever.

  • Who is in charge of you?

    July 21, 2019 by

    Originally posted on Heart Sisters:
    by Carolyn Thomas   ♥  @HeartSisters   ♥  July 21, 2019 And you thought YOU had a lot of medical appointments. . . Writing on her blog, “Sick With Optimism“, a Canadian patient regularly sees three nephrologists from three different clinics, two hematologists, two rheumatologists, a cardiologist, her GP –…

  • 5 Cold Drink Hacks for Raynaud’s Protection

    June 12, 2019 by

    There is nothing as refreshing as a nice cold drink on a hot summer day! The problem if you suffer from Raynaud’s Phenomenon, touching cold objects, even for a few seconds can bring on a damaging event. Here are Five Easy Hacks to Prevent Raynaud’s episodes

  • Hopelessness vs Disappointment

    May 31, 2019 by

    When the doctor delivered the news I thought to myself,, “Well it’s hopeless, I’m never getting better.” I hadn’t realized how much I was counting on this treatment working. Was I a fraud? Had optimism failed this hurdle?

  • Being Blunt: A Quandary

    April 29, 2019 by

    Sometimes a doctor while trying to be delicate may not be direct enough to be clear to you. Your healthcare team is an easy blame when things do not go as you had hoped for you or a loved-one. If we are not clear it is up to us as patients and caregivers to ensure we have no allusions about treatments and prognosis.

  • When It’s Hard to Be Happy

    March 20, 2019 by

    At first blush International Day of Happiness, for the unhappy, might seem a trite and weak attempt to impose an imperative of worldwide happiness, but when you do a little research and thinking on the topic, it may be the all-important push it takes for those who wish it to make a change for happiness. Dalai Lama XIV points out that happiness (like optimism) isn’t given to you, it comes from your own actions.

  • March is Autoimmune Awareness Month

    March 14, 2019 by

    March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, the 14th is World Kidney Day; just not enough months, weeks and days for all of the worthy issues
    #ADAM19 #autoimmuneawareness #worldkidneyday #ThursdayThoughts #scleroderma

  • Layering Gloves to Prevent Raynaud’s Episodes

    March 6, 2019 by

    This year it seems like winter just won’t end! For those with Raynaud’s Phenomenon, winter can seem even longer. To help prevent Raynaud’s episodes when extremely cold this blogger experimented with layering latex gloves under fleece mittens.

  • I Will Tell You When to Panic

    February 28, 2019 by

    When you are seriously ill, sometime you have to be the calm one to support your friends and family, Positive affirmations you make to worried friends and family might also help you in your journey to remain calm and hopeful.

  • Sick With What?

    February 21, 2019 by

    Sick with what? Scleroderma, not just hard to say, it’s hard to diagnose and to predict. One blogger’s experience.

  • Sick With Optimism: A New Blog

    February 9, 2019 by

    Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. ― John Wooden Sick Because of Optimism? The other day I received the strangest insult… I was accused of being an optimist. How odd, I thought to myself; just how pessimistic must one be to view optimism as… Read more

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